Inland Empire, California October 8 - 10, 2021

Announcing the Winners

After much deliberation, our distinguished panel of judges has selected this year’s winning films. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers and teams who participated. We are proud to announce our winners.

Kudos to Theater Smoke Productions for winning Best Film of 2021. Their film Corpus Delicti will go on to represent Inland Empire against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2022.


1st Place: Best Film of 2021

Corpus Delicti by Theater Smoke Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2021

Jack Sinclair and the Murder Machine by PST Productions

Required Elements

  • Character: Trent or Tina Tyler, author
  • Prop: A marker
  • Line: ""Don't tell me to shut up." OR "Do not tell me to shut up.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

Corpus Delicti by Theater Smoke Productions

Honorable Mentions
Normal by Filming Wizard Pictures
The Power of Love by Pryde Pierce Films
The Ghostwriter by Equinox Productions

Audience Favorite: Group B

Jack Sinclair and the Murder Machine by PST Productions

Honorable Mention
Berth by IAREMEDIA

Best Writing

The Power of Love by Pryde Pierce Films

Best Editing

Berth by IAREMEDIA

Best Directing

Corpus Delicti by Theater Smoke Productions

Honorable Mention
Temporal Fate by Prism Production

Best Cinematography

Jack Sinclair and the Murder Machine by PST Productions

Best Sound Design

True Love by Studio 7

Best Musical Score

Jack Sinclair and the Murder Machine by PST Productions

Best Acting (in a leading role)

The Ghostwriter by Equinox Productions

Best Special Effects

Jack Sinclair and the Murder Machine by PST Productions

Best Costumes

Berth by IAREMEDIA

Best Use of Character

Date Rewrite by Escape Goat

Best Use of Prop

Normal by Filming Wizard Pictures

Best Use of Line

Closure by Assemble Elite Productions

2021 Film List

  • A List for the Starved by Red Giraffe Productions

    Farewell Long Pig

  • AQUAPHOBIA by Talk to the Sun Entertainment

    A man faces with his deepest fear in the shallowest of places.

  • Berth by IAREMEDIA

    Give berth

  • Closure by Assemble Elite Productions

    what time is left, must be thought out.

  • Corpus Delicti by Theater Smoke Productions

    No victim, no crime.

  • Date Rewrite by Escape Goat

    Not Your Cliche 1900s Rom-Com

  • Jack Sinclair and the Murder Machine by PST Productions

    If it bleeds, it reads

  • Normal by Filming Wizard Pictures

    How far would you go to fit in!

  • Nothing Lasts Forever by Chromium Disonance

    The rise and fall of Tik Tok sisters.

  • Our Gift to You by Raftel Pictures

    Don't let them in

  • Penance by Power Rangers

    Restarting is the end

  • Storm by Ocarina Brain Productions

    Everybody grieves in their own way

  • Temporal Fate by Prism Production

    "Privilege pile of shit"

  • The Ghostwriter by Equinox Productions

    Find your freedom

  • The Last Shot by THE DESERT RATS

    Not everyone accepts the rules of the game

  • The Power of Love by Pryde Pierce Films

    Sometimes therapy and love DO mix.

  • The Will by BAT Entertainment

    he left a will, now she's on her way

  • Trent's Story by Meeks Studio

    Dont tell me to shut up

  • True Love by Studio 7

    Don't judge a book by its cover.


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